SEC defensive coordinators may need to start buying Tylenol nighttime for the lack of sleep that's ahead of them.
"Percy will show NO MERCY." This quote may become a reality starting Sept. 20, when the Florida Gators play Tennessee at Rocky Top. Florida Gator running back/wide receiver Percy Harvin is now something he's never been while at the collegiate level—100 percent healthy.
Watching Harvin in 2006 and 2007 was a semblance of freakish athletic ability. His change of direction and "cut-it-loose" speed was something that everyone in the country recognized and respected.
Winning the Most Valuable Player award at the SEC Championship in 2006 was quite an accomplishment, especially considering he was only 18 years young.
Harvin missed some playing time in 2007, along with the opener against Hawaii this year, due to a nagging heel injury he's been suffering since high school. Harvin was also limited in the game against Miami.
In the offseason, Harvin received heel surgery and has been recovering ever since. Harvin is now fully healed, and he seems to be feeling the best he's ever felt before. This is also the strongest and biggest Harvin has ever been in his entire life.
Recording a bench press of 420 pounds, I guess you can say that No. 1 has beefed up. He came to Florida at 178 pounds. He is now at 205. So with the addition of an extra 25 pounds of muscle and the same 4.3 speed we've seen in the past two seasons, this kid may put the nail in the coffin for identifying himself as the most electrifying player in the country.
I have yet to acknowledge the scary parts of Harvin's improved situation.
Harvin may have the fastest and deepest supporting cast in the nation.
First off, the youngest player to ever win the Heisman trophy is his quarterback (his name is Tim Tebow, if you haven't heard of him). Jeffrey Demps and Chris Rainey will both share some time next to Harvin in a two-back set or perhaps the wishbone or spread formation.
Demps is the fastest teenager in America and Rainey is very close to having the athletic ability of Harvin. Wide receivers Louis Murphy and Deonte Thompson both have faster forty times than Harvin (if you missed that part, Percy runs a 4.3).
So how can you match up all of those players and Harvin at the same time? If you find an answer, let John Chavis and other SEC defensive coordinators know, because I'm sure finding a solution to stop that Florida offense may cause some anxiety issues.
You can bet your backside that defensive coordinators are going to be keying in on Harvin as if they were Philly Fulmer attacking those Krispy Kreme circles of joy. In other words, Harvin is going to be in the back of everybody's mind.
To stop Harvin, they are going to have to double-team him every time he steps on the field. He is just too athletic to be left in a one-on-one matchup. But they also have to worry about those other speedsters getting in the open field. I'm sure No. 15 taking the rock himself is another possible problem for defenses.
Seriously, the Gators have so much talent that it's scary. If the Gator offense starts to click and get momentum, there are just too many playmakers on Florida's offense to prevent the Gators from scoring.
I know there are some skeptics out there saying "what about the Miami game?" Percy only touched the ball six times that game. Double the six to 12, you're probably talking about another 50 yards and possibly another touchdown in the books. Yes, Harvin is that good.
Miami did a good job of mixing up the blitz packages, and that's what defenses are going to have to do to prevent the Gators from putting up points. Pressure Tebow and prevent the Gators from producing numbers on the ground.
I guess you can say that this offense has the potential to be almost unstoppable. With Harvin now at full-go, expect bigger numbers from Urban Meyer's explosive offense.